Attack targets .info domain system

    Date25 Nov 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    4929
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    An Internet attack flooded domain name manager UltraDNS with a deluge of data late last week, causing administrators to scramble to keep up and running the servers that host .info and other domains. The assault sent nearly 2 million requests per second to each device connecting the network to the Internet--many times greater than normal--during the four hours of peak activity that hit the company early Thursday morning, said Ben Petro, CEO of UltraDNS.. . . An Internet attack flooded domain name manager UltraDNS with a deluge of data late last week, causing administrators to scramble to keep up and running the servers that host .info and other domains. The assault sent nearly 2 million requests per second to each device connecting the network to the Internet--many times greater than normal--during the four hours of peak activity that hit the company early Thursday morning, said Ben Petro, CEO of UltraDNS.

    "This is the largest attack that we've seen," Petro said. He stressed that it didn't affect the company's core domain name system (DNS) services, but administrators had to work fast to get the attack blocked by the backbone Internet companies from which UltraDNS gets its connectivity. "From a network management perspective, it certainly kept us on our toes," he said.

    The attack came almost exactly a month after a similar attack targeted the DNS root servers, the databases that hold the critical information computers need to maintain top-level domains. Such domains act as the white pages of the Internet, matching domain names--such as www.cnet.com--with numerical Internet addresses.

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